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Ravens add five rookie free agents, release four

Posted on 15 May 2012 by WNST Staff

For Immediate Release


The Baltimore Ravens have signed the following rookie free agents:

No.  Name                      Pos.      Ht.        Wt.       Birthdate      Exp.      College

89    Matt Balasavage    TE          6-4        256       2/15/89        R            Temple

42    Nigel Carr                LB          6-2        232       1/22/90        R            Alabama State

87    Bruce Figgins          TE          6-4        272       12/7/88        R            Georgia

41    Jordan Mabin         CB         5-11      180       10/31/88     R            Northwestern

1    Chester Stewart     QB         6-3        214       1/26/89        R            Temple
To make room for the additions, the Ravens released the following rookie free agents:

FB Jamison Berryhill (Texas)

DB Charles Brown (North Carolina)

LB Eltoro Freeman (Auburn)

TE Nick Provo (Syracuse)


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Cam Newton is Truly Unique College Player, But…

Posted on 20 April 2011 by Brian Billick

Just like last year’s draft could have been dubbed the “Tim Tebow Invitational”, the 2011 draft has similar buzz regarding Cam Newton.  There is absolutely without a doubt, no question about it, that Cam Newton is an extraordinary athlete and a truly unique college football player, but his skills haven’t translated well into the NFL game in recent history.

It is no secret that Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks have struggled to be successful at the next level, and I have a feeling that Newton will have those same struggles.  When you look at the history of the NFL, a quarterback with his skill-set has yet to win a Super Bowl championship.  Yes, I do think that he can bring immediate excitement and playmaking ability to a team, but in the long run, he will have to develop his pocket presence and look to make plays with his arm rather than his legs.  You can look at Vince Young as a recent example with the Tennessee Titans drafting him with the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.  At that time, general manager Floyd Reese was quoted: ““Last night at 11:35, I was on my knees praying … he will rewrite the position. This guy physically is such a combination of arms and legs”.  Well, Young hardly rewrote the quarterback position, and in fact, just 5 years later, he most likely won’t even be on the Titans roster.

In all fairness to Cam Newton, he has better throwing action than both Young and Tim Tebow and he is much more NFL ready than both prospects were in their respective draft years.  As I mentioned when analyzing Blaine Gabbert, the college spread offense makes it very difficult to estimate how ones games with translate into the NFL, and with Newton it is even more difficult.  He has only 292 passing attempts on his resume, and as one quarterback coach recently told me, only about 10% of throws in a spread offense are comparable to NFL style routes.  That means that we are asking a club to play this young man almost 50 million dollars based off game analysis of just 30 throws.

Finally, as has been discussed over and over, Newton’s off the field problems are a major red flag to me.  With football being the ultimate team sport, having a quarterback with a diva mentality, makes its very difficult for team cohesion.  He obviously proved he can win at Auburn, but the NFL is very different, full of former college superstars.  With his “icon and entertainer” comments, and his pre-draft media only workout, he will need to check his ego at the locker room door.

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Posted on 08 February 2009 by WNST Interns

Terps Coaching News:   Good move by the University of Maryland to name James Franklin as the eventual successor to Ralph Friedgen.  The internet rumors about Fridge’s health and age were going to be used against him in recruiting; now that is not going to be an issue. 

Franklin is a bright, young mind and most importantly a great recruiter.  Once he gets the right personnel in to run his West Coast offense, you’ll see Maryland take off.   He knows the University well and its boosters.  He gets three more years of apprenticeship under Friedgen before he most likely takes over the program.

The admistration at Maryland also needs to be applauded for seeing the talent and character that Franklin possess and not color of his skin.  Too many collegiate presidents and ADs haven’t been able to get past this barrier–witness Auburn and its embarrassing pass on Turner Gill for its head coaching position.   If Franklin were to take over tomorrow, he would be one of eight African Americans out of 119 Division I programs.  Shameful.

Pro Bowl:  Instead of moving the Pro Bowl from Hawaii to the site of the Super Bowl, the NFL should just cancel the thing all together.  Players love the vacation, not the game.   Name an All-Pro squad, give them a bonus, and let that be the end of it.  The game is silly, with rules that are only used once a year.  The NFL does almost everything right, but this game is the one thing that it does wrong.  Without question, the worst All-Star game in sports.  

The Orioles Rotation:  Here is my projected starting rotation for the Orioles:  Jeremy Guthrie, Rich Hill, Koji Uehara, Mark Hendrickson, and either Chris Waters, Radhames Liz or Matt Albers.   Palmer, McNally, Cuellar and Dobson they are not.  The big questions are can they give enough innings to keep the bullpen from breaking down in May and enough of a bridge until young prospects Jake Arrieta, Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz  are ready for the big league level.    

Remember we just don’t want young pitchers; we want young pitchers who are ready to pitch at that level.



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Ravens Q&A, Joe Flacco makes history, and McGahee joins the five for 5,000 club

Posted on 11 November 2008 by WNST Staff

Time for another Tuesday edition of Ravens question and answers blog. Send me your questions regarding the Ravens and I will answer them for you.


– Joe Flacco made a little history on Sunday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He became the first rookie quarterback in 60 years to start and win four consecutive games with his team scoring at least 27 points in all four wins. Last rookie quarterback to do so was Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lujack for the Bears in 1948.

– Willis McGahee joined an elite group on Sunday according to the Elias Sports Bureau also. With the 112 yds rushing on Sunday, McGahee went over the 5,000 yard mark for his career(5,035). He is the fifth University of Miami player to reach that mark in the NFL. He joins Chuck Foreman, Ottis Anderson, Edgerrin james, and Clinton Portis. That is the most 5,000 yard rushers from any school tying Auburn, Florida, Penn State, and Syracuse.

-Antonio Pierce does a weekly call in to the Francesa on the Fan show on WFAN in New York every Monday. Towards the end of the interview, Francesa ask Pierce about the Ravens being a possible trap game. Pierce was not having any of the trap talk against the Ravens and went out of his way to sing the praises of Ray Lewis and the defense.  Scroll down to the last audio clip of the Inside the Audio vault to hear his comments. Pierce did come up with a new nickname for Flacco by calling him Joe “AFLAC” Flacco.

– Be sure to call in today during the Bob Haynie Show when Ray Bachman and myself will fill in for Bob today. We can talk Ravens, NFL, anything else on your mind.

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SEC Rivalry Week

Posted on 22 November 2007 by WNST Interns

Big weekend in the best college football conference in the land, the SEC.  It actually starts on Friday with Hogs and Tigers in Baton Rouge.  Will this be Houston Nutt’s final game coaching the Razorbacks?  All signs are pointing to him leaving for the greener pastures of Waco and the Bears of Baylor!  Good Luck with that Houston!  Now on the match-up between Arkansas and LSU.  If the Hogs use the passing offense and use the weapons in the passing game then the Hogs have a great a chance of upsetting #1 LSU.  But that is putting alot of faith in the Ark. coaching staff, believe me I have serious doubts about those guys.  Ark. pass defense is poor.  I will call it LSU 31-13 over Ark.  

Alabama vs. Auburn: How in the world did the Bama boys lose to La.-Monroe?  Now that’s collosal.  Nicky Satan can resurect himself with a win in the Iron Bowl.  The Iron Bowl means everything to the state of Alabama and the alum from the two schools all over the world.  It should be an entertaining affair with Auburn edging out the Tide in the end.

Tenn. vs. Kentucky:  Kentucky balanced offense is too much for the Vols.  I like Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium.  Georgia takes the SEC EAST with a Tenn. loss. 

Miss. vs. Miss St.:  EGG BOWL madness, I like Miss. State to win the bragging rights in Miss. for a year.  Croom has done a great job with this team will go bowling this year.

It should be LSU vs. Georgia in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta!  Now that’s game not to miss.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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